Loss of a Legend…Civil Rights Icon & Comedian, Dick Gregory, Has Passed…

Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Not So “Proud Mary?” Mary J. Blige’s (@maryjblige) Reveal The Ups & DOWNS of Her Finances!

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This last year has definitely been a rough one for singer, Mary J. Blige. Her divorce from husband/manager Kendu Isaacs has only become more bitter by the day. Now, her divorce papers are revealing her financial situation–and it does NOT look good!

via Daily Mail

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The R&B singer, who is in the midst of a bitter legal separation with Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs, filed an Income and Expense Declaration in a Los Angeles court on August 8, after she was given a temporary order to pay him $30,000 a month.

Blige, 46, filed for divorce from Isaacs in July last year, citing irreconcilable differences after nearly 13 years of marriage. Isaacs later demanded spousal support claiming the star left him with ‘no source of income.’

Documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, reveal the star earns $326,930 a month – with royalties and earnings from her production company being her main source of cash.

But the paperwork also showed Blige is in hock to Uncle Sam as she owes ‘unpaid back taxes of approximately $6.5 million for the years 2008 through 2016.’

The singer made a note of her debt after reporting a change in income due to a ‘large reduction in my royalties’ over the past year.  

Expense records show she currently pays $14,000 a month for her Los Angeles rental and $2,340 for her two Mercedes-Benz. 

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Drugs & Sex Parties? What Really Split up Carl Crawford & Evelyn Lozada?

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We cannot speak for everyone, but we were rooting for baseball player, Carl Crawford, and Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada to work out. As you may already know last week their engagement was called off and the couple split. They have one child together, a son, Carl, Jr. Still, we were left to wonder what broke the seemingly happy couple up. Rumors have been swirling for awhile they were on their way out, but we assumed–well were hoping–they were just rumors.

Surprisingly, Sources are claiming that it was “drug-fueled sex parties” that finally broke Carl Crawford and Evelyn Lozada up!

via Bossip

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“Girls would be looking forward to CC parties every off season,” one of the women who attended parties in 2016 told BOSSIP exclusively. “He would pay to fly girls out, put them up in hotels, two to a room. A girl could make $2500 a night just for dancing and if he liked you he would bring you back the next night. If he REALLY liked you, you could make even more money to do a little extra.”

The source, who spoke with BOSSIP on condition of anonymity, claims Crawford held parties in Phoenix and Houston during the baseball off season. The insider says Crawford even provided the girls with makeup artists, to make sure they’d look their best for him and his friends. Crawford also made sure the attendees abided by a strict policy of no phones and no social media.

“It would be him and like five or six of his boys — his real friends, not other ballers with money,” BOSSIP’s source added. “Everyone was on molly, especially him.”

When BOSSIP asked if Crawford had sex at his parties the source replied, “Yes. With multiple girls.”

BOSSIP’s source says it wasn’t hard for girls to make over $10K in one weekend, adding that the parties were often two-night events and it wasn’t unheard of for Crawford to throw parties back to back weekends.

We reached out to Carl Crawford and his rep for comment and have not received a response.

Sigh…we really want to say this is a lie, but in the world of professional athletes far worst has happened. We wish Carl and Evelyn the best and hope they can successfully co-parent their little guy together.

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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‘Moonlight’ Writer & Producer, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Brings New Drama Series To OWN (@own)!

Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has undergone quite a few changes lately. First came the announcement of the departure of Oprah’s friend and creative partner Tyler Perry. Oprah and Tyler had an exclusive deal where he would create original content for the OWN network. While Tyler is moving on to create original content with BET, Oprah has also moved on to sign an exclusive content deal with director and producer Will Packer.

Writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Recently, the OWN network announced yet another change coming forth to the network. The co-writer and executive producer of “Moonlight”.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, has signed on with the OWN network.

McCraney has created a one hour drama series that will join the television line up amongst OWN’s popular hits such as “Greenleaf”, “Queen Sugar”, and “The Haves And The Have Nots”.

This television series has not been titled yet, and will be the first television project for McCraney.  The project was created, written, and produced by McCraney. Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan also serve as executive producers on the project. The show will be produced for the OWN network by way of Page Fright and Outlier Productions. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will also be a part of the production for this project.

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NO FAT SHAMING–Big Girls & The Men Who Want Them!

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Fat shaming is a term we seem to hear more and more about, especially when this past month with Quantasia Sharpton, the woman who alleges Usher had sex with her without disclosing he has herpes.

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Usher and Quantasia Sharpton

Sadly, Quantasia’s allegations are being missed not because of the fans’ loyalty to Usher, but because most people do not believe a woman of her size can pull a man as attractive as Usher. Well we are here to tell you that you are WRONG! Not only do big girls pull men, but some very attractive ones at that. The truth is that love exists in every size and when you try to exclude someone from being loved simply because of their weight it is YOU who has the problem.

We scoured the internet to find some couples that prove everyone deserves love no matter their size. Check them out below

Mzznaki Tetteh and her fiance, Kojo Prince

sexy Mzznaki Tetteh and Koho Prince

Mzznaki Tetteh, a nurse from Ghana, faced fat shaming last year when internet trolls mocked her engagement photos. Mzznaki remained “#unbothered” and walked down the aisle with her man. It looks like she had the last laugh.

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[VIDEOS] Tripp Ali (@iAmTrippAli) to Star in New Tyson Anthony (@authortysona) Series, “Honest Men!”

Tyson Anthony is still the man and in 2017 he definitely seems set on proving it. The About Him creator has really been pushing the envelope with his latest web series, Ellenwood, and continues to do so with two others, The Jadaburg’s Water Crisis and Honest Men, yet to debut. However, it is Honest Men that figuratively has us “Trippin'”–yes, pun intended–as Tripp Ali  is starring in it!

Yep, you read right the Tex Brown star has headed over to TYSONPlus (Tyson Anthony’s very own network) for his latest role. Check out a teaser trailer recently released below:

@iamtrippali in "Honest Men" Coming Fall 2017 to www.TysonPlus.com

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The teaser does not tell us what the series is about at all, but if Tripp is involved you can be sure it will be edgy and most likely gritty. We have yet to see him play any other type of role. As you recall, even in About Him he was very in your face and no nonsense.

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[TRAILER] In Case You Missed It! Check Out “Twisted,” Written & Directed By About Him’s Rahim Brazil (@rahimbrazil)!

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This life we live is all about growth and for one web star that is happening exponentially! We all know Rahim Brazil as one of the actors and resident hotties of About Him: Freshman Year, but as we have mentioned in a previous interview the man has a knack for being talented at just about anything. Well now, the web star has donned two new hats–director and showrunner–with a brand new series he also wrote himself, Twisted!

Twisted is not only the brainchild of Rahim Brazil, but is now a highly anticipated web series set to debut this fall on DreamHouseTV! Check out the extended trailer Rahim’s production company, Big Dreams Productions, recently released below!

Rahim, Rahim, you can truly do anything! This trailer is nothing short of awesome. It is definitely riveting and keeps you in suspense. Most importantly, it makes us want to see more–a lot more! We see a number of new faces and a few familiar ones in 7th & Love stars, Martel Star and D.J. Gibson, and About Him Season 2: The Revolution and Raising Eli’s Chris June (that boy stays BOOKED!)

We were able to get a behind the scenes peek at the show and we have to tell you that these actors are WORKING. Each of them are talented and are bringing their A-game on set. We are definitely giving this our stamp approval before it debuts–and not because we love ourselves a good web series–but because we love a great one. We feel that even though this is Rahim’s directorial debut he will knock it out the park. You heard it here first, Twisted will leave you squirming for more!

Congratulations to Rahim and his amazing cast! We will be tuning. All you make sure you do too! Happy viewing!

Check out a few behind the scenes photos below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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